On April 8, 1975, Cleveland’s Frank Robinson made history, becoming the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history. On top of that, he capped off his momentous day by homering in his first at bat of the season, doing so on Opening Day in front of 56,715 fans at Municipal Stadium. We look back this time not at the home run of said day, but the circumstances leading up to Robinson’s arrival on Ohio’s north coast. – BT
In 1947, the Cleveland Indians broke the established rule of the time, signing Larry Doby and making him the first African-American ball player in the American League when he stepped on the field on July 5.
In 1974, the Cleveland Indians once again broke free from the established norms in the game of baseball, helping to further integrate professional sports by hiring Frank Robinson as the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history.